Dec 18, 2013 10:33 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Dog-sledding company owner faces cruelty charges

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The owner of an Aspen-area dog-sledding company has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly neglecting dogs and not giving them enough food.

The Aspen Daily News reports that eight charges of animal cruelty charges were filed Wednesday against Dan MacEachen. He owns the Krabloonik dog-sledding operation in Snowmass Village.

The charges are misdemeanors. All are related to eight dogs that were seized Dec. 12 after an investigator with the district attorney's office and two state veterinarians carried out a surprise inspection.

Six of the charges concern the lack of food provided to the dogs. The other two counts are related to neglect as two of the dogs required serious veterinarian care. One has had surgery.

MacEachen is due in court Jan. 14.

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